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Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Show – Quarantine Edition – May 4th, 2020

The beginning of May and the sun is shining and the weather is getting nicer here in New York. May 4th had many great surprises for the viewers!

Host Keith Nelson introduces the show to the viewers.

The Bindlestiff Open Stage is made possible by donations from the viewers like you.

Opening the show was The Great Dubini. (Greg Dubin). He swallowed several razor blades and then regurgitated them on a thread he also ate!


Zander Mowat juggled and balanced many household items amazingly!


Eva Lou Rhinelander juggled, did backbends, walk on a wire, and many other wonderful circus feats.


Michael Rosman painted this Chaplin portrait while it was upside down.


Circus historian, performer, author Hovey Burgess gives the viewers a brief history of the Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus.


The beautiful and talented Rachel Karabenick performs on the trapeze.


Keith Nelson does so eccentric hat juggling.


Drew Brown performed an extremely delightful cane juggling act.


Gigi (Gina Allison) and the ever so talented dog Zeus did some really nice tricks.


Keith Nelson attempted the sideshow stunt Kendama-Blockhead once more!


David Cain performed numerous juggling stunts.


Sxip Shirey performs live eccentric music as Jonathan Nosan performs his impossible contortions.


Make sure to visit the Dixon Place DP TV shows going on daily!

Make sure you donate to the Bindlestiff Open Stage to keep it happening!

Would you like to perform at the Open Stage? Email: Keith@bindlestiff.org

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2019 – Vaudevisuals Year in Review

All together I posted 73 times in 2019! Over 1000 views per month. Pretty good for an ‘eccentric’ performing arts blog!

You can use the drop-down menu for Month to Month Archive viewing. I will list some of the highlights here.

Dec 2019 – Interview with Cirque Mechanics Chris Lashua ~ Interview with Coney Island’s own Dick Zigun – Sideshow Hall of Fame.

November 2019 – Corn Mo and The Love Show ~ Vaudevisuals interview with Hilary Chaplain ~ Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Revue ~ Karen Gersch Portfolio ~ Vaudevisuals Bookshelf ~ Martin Ewen’s ‘Panto Damascus’.

October 2019 – Vaudevisuals interview with Kevin Venardos.

September 2019 – Vaudevisuals interview with Noah Diamond & Amanda Sisk ~ Vaudevisuals interview with Adrienne Truscott.

August 2019 – Vaudevisuals interview with Tammy Faye Starlite ~ Ernie Kovacs Centennial Panel Discussion ~ Vaudevisuals interview with Dick Zigun – ‘Bloody Brains in the Juke Box’ ~ Vaudevisuals interview with Sarah the Bird Girl ~ The Seashore Variety Hour

July 2019 – Southern Sideshow Hootenanny Benefit ~ Vaudevisuals interview with Amber Martin ~ Vaudevisuals interview with Tyler West.

June 2019 – Vaudevisuals interview with Trav SD ~ Vaudevisuals interview with Bill Bowers ~ Vaudevisuals interview with Mallory Catlett ~ Vaudevisuals interview with Ralph Lewis ~ Bindlestiff’s ‘brooklyn abridged’ show ~ Vaudevisuals interview with Kevin Augustine ~ Vaudevisuals interview with Everett Quinton. ‘Galas’.

May 2019 – A.J. Silver – A Cowboy from the Bronx ~ Vaudevisuals interview with Boxcutter Collective.

April 2019 – Congress of Curious People – James Taylor ~ Vaudevisuals interview with Greg Dubin ~ Vaudevisuals interview with A.J. Silver ~ Trav SD’s American Vaudeville Theatre.

March 2019 – Vaudevisuals interview with John Jesurun & Nicky Paraiso ~ Vaudevisuals interview with Coney Island Ritual Cabaret Festival.

February 2019 – Coffeehouse Chronicles: Ethyl Eichelberger ~ Bindlestiff Open Stage at Big Apple Circus ~ Lord Buckley by Heathcote Williams.

January 2019 – Vaudevisuals Bookshelf: ‘Atomic Clown’ by Sara Moore ~ Bindlestiff Open Stage ~ Tribute To Rob Torres.

~ HAPPY NEW YEAR ~ 2020 ~

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Vaudevisuals interview with Kate Owens and Lucy Shelby

“Kate and Ilyssa present The Best Ritual”

Vaudevisuals interview with Kate Owens and her director Lucy Shelby. Talking about the new show “Kate and Ilyssa Present: The Best Ritual”.

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Vaudevisuals interview with Greg Dubin – “The Dubini Magic Hour” May 28, 29.

Wonderful interview with magic man Greg Dubin talking about his upcoming show.

 

May 28th & 29th 2019

The Slipper Room

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Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Revue – August 2018

Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety RevueHost for Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Revue and coproducer Keith Nelson starts the show.

Keith opens the show with his very skilled ‘Chinese Yoyo’ act.

Conjuror Nelson Lugo entertained the audience with a wonderful adaptation of classic magic trick. 

His magic skills are excellent and telling stories about his dreams got the audience going.

Keith returned in between acts and introduced his top spinning act.

Zero Boy shared some improv with aural acrobatics with the audience.

Utilizing mime skills and storytelling Zero Boy communicates stories to the audience.

Jason Applebaum brought poetry to the Variety Revue.

Keith loves to play with fire in his sideshow act. Here is a plain wooden match which he decides to eat to the amazement of the audience.

Lou Johnson brought some good ole classic juggling to the show.

Lou Johnson made it a fun act with his ‘amused’ look.

Barbara Gentile and Emily Blue made a beautiful aerial act for the audience.

Stagehand (for the night)  (And mighty wonderful performer) Adam Auslander encourages the audience to contribute to the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus. A not-for-profit group.

Slight of hand magician Greg Dubin (The Great Dubini)  fooled the audience with a great trick.

The audience volunteer watched as the card she is secretly selected rises out of the deck before her eyes.

Lou Johnson juggles with real fencing swords.

Keith Nelson flips an apple and knife into the air and when they come back the knife lands in the apple.

Venatrix performed a wild burlesque act with a red heart filled with liquid.

Keith always surprises the audience with one of his wicked sideshow acts. Here he picks up the yo-yo with a fishhook stuck in his tongue.

Marcela Duarte performed a wonderful dance piece that ended in the air.

Great show with wonderful talented performers. Every first Monday of the month

at Dixon Place – The Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Revue.

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Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Revue – Feb. 2018 @Dixon Place

~ Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Revue ~

Another great night of Variety arts at Dixon Place! We had such a wonderful time. The evening’s performances included many magicians and jugglers. Here are the photographs and a few videos from the event! Come next month and enjoy NY’s best show for variety arts.

Bindlestiff Open Stage Hosted by Keith Nelson

Keith opened the show will a wonderful lasso act. (with Cowboy hat!)

Jean-Tae Francis performed a charming ‘diablo’ act.

Torkova took the stage and a few very magical things including restoring a $20 into 2-$10’s.

Handbalance and acrobatics was Bethany Shao’s specialty.

Bobby Hedglin-Taylor entertained the crowd with some very amusing character voices.

Aron Long performed a wonderful ‘Cyr’ wheel act.

The Great Dubini (Greg Dubin) performed some great magic using cards and a volunteer.

Host Keith Nelson performed a stunt where he caught an apple with a fork in it on a board.

Celebrated juggling author/teach Hovey Burgess made an appearance in a bear costume and did some foot juggling with assistant Miss Lixx.

Before Hovey removed his costume Miss Lixx fondled his fur.

Hovey Burgess performing a ‘foot juggling’ routine while in a bear costume.

Paris ‘the hip-hop juggler’ did nice a routine juggling basketballs.

Darren Yong did some lovely magic stunts involving a few audience members.Cleo Carol Knopf danced with silks flourishing beautifully in the space.

Marcela Duarte and Luisa performed a lovely aerial duet with silks.

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Hovey Burgess and Lil’ Miss Lixx performing the TIGER act.

Paris – The Hip-Hop Juggler uses the basketball as his juggling prop. Awesome!

Bobby Hedglin-Taylor trying out some new material.

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Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Revue – Feb. 6th, 2017 @ Dixon Place

THE BINDLESTIFF OPEN STAGE VARIETY REVUE

Hosting the evening’s entertainment was ‘Magic Brian‘.

First up was the ‘Amazing HouDino’ performing a wonderful card trick with his father Magic Brian.

HouDino carefully selected a card as audience volunteer looks on.

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Penelope the Clown carried a cinder block on stage. WOW..must have been heavy.

Albert Kirchner does some funny standup material.

Ellia Bisker and Adam Kuchler  perform a lovely duet with uke and bells.

The Flying Luango Brothers performed a musically accompanied escape/magic act.

Christie Cahill and Amy Schulster perform a wonderful aerial act.

Magic Brian places HouDino on the stage with his ‘straight jacket’ sweater ready to escape.

HouDino escapes the ‘straight jacket’ sweater with time to spare and a nice smile.

Magic Brian moves the show along with the classic ‘linking rings’ routine. 

Ambrose gets an audience member to ‘nose up’ and hands him a whip cream pie.

Ambrose gets the pie in the face as both he and the audience member laugh.

Carol Sirugo performs a solo piece about mountain ranger guide.

Greg Dubin performs the lovely classic magic routine ‘cups and balls‘.

Jerline Custa performs 3 ball juggling on the unicycle.

Lucy Shelby performs a ‘political’ piece with an audience member.

Maks and Skyttles perform an enchanting aerial drama.

Curtain call for the cast and MC of the Feb 2017 Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Revue.

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Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Revue – June 2016 – Dixon Place

Hosted by Keith Nelson at Dixon Place. A Variety Show for all kinds of acts! This month’s show was Terrific!

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DSC08625Kenwyn Dapo

2016.06.06.BindlOpn_040The Immaterialists

2016.06.06.BindlOpn_102Adam Auslander

DSC08647Harold Moeller and Rob Lok

2016.06.06.BindlOpn_141Geniia Pakrovskaya

2016.06.06.BindlOpn_204Maks Turner and Skyttle

2016.06.06.BindlOpn_076Kat Alexander

2016.06.06.BindlOpn_176Zero Boy

2016.06.06.BindlOpn_233Magic by Greg Dubin, aka The Great Dubiny

2016.06.06.BindlOpn_281Keith Nelson’s 8 Bowl Finale!

 

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Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Revue – March 7th, 2016 @ Dixon Place

Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Revue – March 7th, 2016 @ Dixon Place

What a great night at the theater! The Bindlestiff Open Stage was such a blast. Such a variety of performers…

Here are photographs from the Open Stage Revue.

2Keith Nelson Opens the showMC and Opening Act Keith Nelson performs the ‘Chinese Yoyo’.

Greg Dubin performs a magic trick with cards.Greg Dubin performs a great magic trick with cards and 2 audience members.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.057-2Audience member Ross Berenson signs the card with a magic marker. 

2016.03.07_BindOpn.086-2After putting the two signed cards into the deck and placing it in the paper bag he spears the bag and pierced the two cards.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.114-2A.J. Silver enlisted the help from an audience member to perform his whip cracking act.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.120-2With whip in hand, he poses the hysterical audience member holding the rose.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.135-2On his lovely little horse, he and the assistant ride off into the sunset.

Mariko Iwasa the clown.Mariko Iwasa (currently performing with Ringling Bros. Circus) performed a funny piece with ordinary props.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.194-2Full of energy and charm Mariko finished her piece.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.223-2Zero Boy performed with a table full of hats that he donned with different characters.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.236-2Zero Boy tells the story with his vocal wizardry and mimetic talents.

Dropsy Twins juggling clubs.The Dropsy Twins (David Sanders & Jeff Mitchell)  juggle clubs and balls and act pretty silly.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.285-2After completing their act the Dropsy Twins drop to the floor.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.314-2Diana Lin performs a beautiful aerial silk act.

Diana Lin performs a aerial silk act.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.333-2Poise and finesse were two admirable qualities of Diana Lin.

Matt Roper performs "Wilfredo".Wilfredo (Matt Roper) was so outlandishly hysterical in his costume and character the audience loved him.

Matt Roper Performs WilfredoWilfredo toast the audience with his whiskey.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.444-2Matt Roper won the audience over with his Wilfredo character.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.479-2Tyler Shaquire performed with such speed it was difficult to photograph his amazing aerial talent.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.483-2Precision and muscularity were his calling card.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.518-2Timothy Pratt (Pip) performed some wonderful magic for the audience.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.525-2Charming and talented Pip enjoyed the Bindlestiff Open Stage audience.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.543-2Albert Kircher performed a comedy routine based on his life experiences.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.550-2Part existentialism and part nihilism. But very funny.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.582-2Kelsey Strauch performed a funny ‘extended arms’ hoop piece.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.590-2With her acrobatic skills and great sense of humor Kelsey reached into surreal territory.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.593-2A split like you have never seen before performed by Kelsey Strauch.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.638-2MC and Bindlestiff main man finished off a great night with spinning eight bowls and catching all the silverware. Yikes!

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Every FIRST MONDAY of the month you can witness this fun night of Variety at Dixon Place.

Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Revue.

Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie Street, New York, NY
Door $10 (suggested donation)
Showtime: 7:30 pm

Great fun!!!